I was so excited to hear that Walter Olkewicz (who played Jacques Renault) was a surprise guest. Walter’s performance of the French Canadian drug mule/bartender/party animal was always amusing, and I quote the character on a regular basis. We discussed some of those quotes like “I am the Great Went”, “Bite the Bullet”, and “I am as blank as a fart” and had a few laughs. Walter was also Jerome Clifford in the 1995 film The Client, a freaking awesome performance in its own right. Walter has had some bad luck with his knees and has been in a wheelchair for awhile, but he did tell me that he has an upcoming acting gig as a Russian general. Good luck to you Walter, I think you’re awesome.
When I was in third grade, I remember drawing a cartoon of Lenny Von Dohlen’s character Harold Smith raking a mini garden hoe across his face, trying to shake down Donna Hayward and Maddy into giving Laura Palmer’s secret diary back they had just stolen from him. (I wish I could find all those Twin Peaks cartoons I drew…and you thought YOU had issues!) It was really cool to thank Lenny in person for his performance in Twin Peaks. I’ve always enjoyed it. He said he splits his time between L.A. and Seattle these days. Maybe he will join us for the fest soon!
I was chatting with Charlotte Stewart about Eraserhead and mentioned that I would love to get a shot with her and Catherine Coulson together. They go way back, worked on Eraserhead together and are very good friends. Charlotte said that Catherine is the sweetest woman she’s ever known. So good to see them together again!
One of my favorite characters from Twin Peaks was Norma Jennings, played by the still dreamy as ever Peggy Lipton. Peggy is probably best known from her role on the Mod Squad back in the day. I am also a huge fan of her daughter Rashida Jones whom you might know from The Office, Parks and Recreation and the film I Love You, Man. I will never forget when Peggy paused and looked me in the eyes and asked if I was smiling for the camera before our photo op. I think I almost passed out. Another apology to my girlfriend…(love you Jessica!)